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Royals get the best of Scott Feldman
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:57 pm ET) Astros pitcher Scott Feldman took a step back and was on the wrong end of a decision for the first time this season in his team's 5-1 defeat to the Royals on Thursday.

Feldman (2-1) surrendered a run-scoring single to Mike Moustakas in the second, a two-run double to Alcides Escobar in the fourth and a run-scoring double to Salvador Perez in the fifth. He was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and one walks while striking out two over six innings pitched.

Feldman has allowed just five earned runs over his first 26 2/3 innings pitched through four starts. He'll look to turn things around again Tuesday in Seattle.

Timeline becoming clear for Doug Fister following sim start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:53 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister overcame the first hurdle in his recovery from a lat strain Thursday, as he got through a two simulated innings without an issue Thursday.

Fister will make another simulated start in five days, with a rehab assignment likely to come after. According to MLB.com, the team has a timetable for Fister that could have him back with the team within 20 days, if his two scheduled rehab starts go according to plan.

"We have to build [up Fister] like we [tried to] build him [up] this spring," Williams said. "I think he is a little bit ahead of the game in that regard. I would like him to get five innings somewhere to make sure he can up that pitch count."


James Shields Ks 12 in win over Houston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:52 pm ET) Royals pitcher James Shields put together a dominant performance on Thursday, giving his team eight strong innings as he picked up his first win of the season against the Astros in Houston.

Shields (1-2) tossed four scoreless innings to start the game before surrendering a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, his lone blemish of the night. He yielded one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 12 in a 5-1 win. He threw 107 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.

Shields lowered his ERA from 4.26 to 2.37 over his last two starts, allowing just two earned runs over his last 12 2/3 innings pitched. He will make his next start Tuesday in Cleveland.

Jaime Garcia set for extended spring training
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:41 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will throw in an extended spring training game Saturday in Jupiter, as he continues to recover from bursitis in his left shoulder. According to MLB.com,  Garcia is set to throw about 35 pitches in his first game action. 

CC Sabathia outduels David Price in win over Rays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:40 pm ET) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia outdueled David Price and received more than enough run support on Thursday, earning his second win of the season in a 10-2 victory over the Rays in Tampa.

Sabathia (2-2) served up a solo home run to Sean Rodriguez in the seventh for his only blemish of the night. He was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings pitched.

Sabathia lowered his ERA from 6.63 to 5.19 after his best performance of this young season. He will look to keep things rolling Wednesday against Boston.

Carlos Martinez not considered an option for spot starts
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:39 pm ET) The Cardinals are not considered moving pitcher Carlos Martinez from the bullpen to the rotation, despite losing Joe Kelly to a hamstring injury that landed him on the disabled list Thursday, according to MLB.com.

"You'd be looking at stretching him out just to slow him back down again," Matheny said. "This is one of those scenarios where we just don't know how long it's going to be [for Kelly]. It's not set in stone, and I think you take that risk of pulling [Martinez] out, getting him going just to slow him back down if things [with Kelly] progress quickly."

According to the report, the team prefers to pick a starter from the Triple-A squad in Memphis, rather than move Carlos Martinez into a starting role for a few spot starts. Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney are both mentioned as possible options for the spot.

Martinez has a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings of the bullpen, and has yet to throw more than 31 pitches in any outing. 


Yankees knock David Price around Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:33 pm ET) Rays starting pitcher David Price took a step back on Thursday, suffering his first loss of the season in a 10-2 defeat to the Yankees.

Price (2-1) surrendered run-scoring triples to Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury in the second and home runs to Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann in the fifth. He was charged with six runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings pitched.

Price has served up four home runs through his first four starts. He's posted a 4.39 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP along with 28:3 K:BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings pitched. He'll look to get back on track Wednesday against Minnesota.

Ryan Jackson likely to need surgery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:29 pm ET) Padres infielder Ryan Jackson would be a possible call-up option if Chase Headley has to go on the disabled list with a bicep injury, but MLB.com reports he is dealing with an injury of his own.

Jackson, who is with Triple-A El Paso, has a wrist injury that looks like it will require surgery, according to the report. He is set to report to the team's training staff for examination this week before a decision is ultimately made.  A possible timeline for his recovery is not yet known.

Jackson was hitting .214/.267/.286 prior to the injury for El Paso. He appeared in 20 games at the major-league level over the previous two season with the Cardinals. 


Kenley Jansen struggles, picks up fifth save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:23 pm ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was not sharp yet again Thursday, but still managed to pick up his fifth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Giants.

Jansen entered the game with a two-run lead and allowed a run on one hit and a walk, the fifth time he has been scored on in 11 outings. He struck out two batters and was able to work out of trouble to close out the win.

Jansen has had an interesting start to the season, posting a 5.00 ERA through his first 11 appearances. He has 17 strikeouts and five walks, while allowing 13 hits in nine innings of work. He has five saves in seven opportunities. 


Brendan Ryan will play simulated game Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:17 pm ET) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan is scheduled to play in a simulated game Saturday in Tampa and remains on track to rejoin the team at some point in May, the Star-Ledger reports Thursday.

"He's got to go through a normal spring training," manager Joe Girardi said. "That will obviously be (sped) up because we could get him more at-bats in certain situations, but we'd like to see him get 40, 50 at-bats."

 
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